The 3 Valleys is where it all began for New Generation, so it’s no surprise it remains one of our main Instructor Training areas. With training courses from BASI Level 1 to Level 3 ISIA, we need a big team of experienced mentors to keep things running smoothly.
With 27 students across our Courchevel and Meribel teams we need all of the following people to make sure you get the training and support you need.
Lewis learned to ski in the motherland (Scotland) when he was a kid and decided pretty early that ski instructing was the job for him. He is a great example of the pathway New Generation offer, having doneour Gap Course, ISIA training and ISTD Work and Train ticking off all of the BASI levels at speed and then returning to Meribel to teach for us. Lewis now heads up our BASI 1 and 2 training in Meribel himself – boy done good!
Former BASI trainer Zoe knows exactly what it takes to get through your BASI Level 1 and 2. She has been teaching skiing for 30 years in Europe New Zealand and the USA – she also represented Britain in the 1995 demo team in Japan. Zoe is also our Resort Manager for Meribel but is finding time to help pass on her wealth of knowledge and experience to our students this season.
Sammy T was brought up on ski racing, before moving to America briefly to rip it up there. He started his instructing career with New Gen on the very same BASI 1 and 2 Gap course as Lewis Maclellan! After a few seasons training and working in Verbier, he came to the 3 Valleys. Sammy is now our Resort Manager for La Tania, and spends as much time as possible off-piste!
Dan is another great New Gen success story – having completed our BASI 1 and 2 Gap course Dan then went on to work and train with us in Verbier to finish his qualifications. Now he is back in the 3 Valleys where it all began working for our Meribel ski school and training students doing the course that started his career.
A legend amongst New Generation trainers Barney has been coaching our Gap and ISIA in the 3 Valleys for the past 7 years. A former New Gen Verbier trainee himself Barney is now on his 12th season and is an enthusiastic as ever.
Raised on the same green (plastic) fields as the legend that is Dave ‘The Rocket Ryding’ Joe got into skiing on the Pendal dry slope at a young age. But while the plastic was where it all began it was the mountains that really appealed to Joe – he got into summer mountaineering and then in 2010 made the leap the alps. He has not looked back since and is looking forward to training our Courchevel students in his 8th season in this amazing resort.
Training in quiet weeks and teaching during the peak weeks our level 3 trainees have the perfect support to make the jump from BASI level 2 to Level 3.
Based in the 3 Valleys Tom is another of New Gen’s living examples of the student becomes the master. A member of our training team in Verbier Tom went on to instruct as part of the Courchevel 1850 team. Now he is known best as a trainer on our 3 Valleys ISIA courses – that and of course as a bumps skiing legend.
Sam describes his teenage self as “an overly enthusiastic dry slope skier” heading to his local ski slope every day in his teen years to train as a ski instructor, in freestyle and to race. He was one of the youngest people to complete his BASI 1 exam and having been assessed on this by 2 of New Gen’s own – Ale Rainback and Tom Saxlund – Sam realised he could make a career of the sport and came back to the mountains to complete the rest of his qualifications as a New Gen trainee. Having taught for New Gen in Verbier and the 3 Valleys Sam joined our trainer team and coaches on our ISIA courses.
Overseeing all of our programmes is Dave. Big dog Dave is one of our in house BASI Trainers. As New Gen’s Technical Director he helps to design and monitor all of our courses. Dave spends his winters teaching, coaching and assessing for BASI, his summers coaching on glaciers and getting out on his bike when he can. In the autumn it is Eurotest time, if you are getting in the gates you will probably see Dave in Tignes where he runs training camps through his company Podium. No rest for the wicked eh Dave – it’s tough at the top!